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General

Do you need to play an instrument or be a singer to join the LSESU Music Society?
NO! Not at all! All we ask for is passion and enthusiasm for music. Whether you want to be part of our music groups or just go to our events, you are welcome to purchase our membership here, and join a group of like-minded music-lovers! https://www.lsesu.com/organisation/music/

Also, check out our introduction video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVJrrD6c2U0

Which music groups are running in light of the COVID-19 pandemic?
The LSE Choir and LSE Orchestra will not be running in Michaelmas Term 2020. This decision was made by the LSE in accordance with the UK Government’s guidelines and we fully support their decision in order to the safety of our members.

The two a cappella groups, the Houghtones and the RogueNotes, will be running virtually in the Michaelmas Term. Auditions are still open. For more information, please follow them as well as the LSESU Music Society on Facebook!

Houghtones: https://www.facebook.com/thehoughtones

RogueNotes: https://www.facebook.com/LSERogueNotes/

LSESU Music Society: https://www.facebook.com/LSESUMusicSociety/

If you’re interested in starting a new music group, we have a Google Forms where you can write down what instrument you play as well as what type of music and ensemble you want. These will have to be run remotely during Michaelmas term unless stated otherwise. Link: https://forms.gle/C81SUDmqo3zypm9q8

How can I get involved in the LSESU Music Society when numerous music groups can’t run physically due to COVID-19?
You are welcome to get involved with the two a cappella groups (Houghtones and RogueNotes). Both will be running virtually in the Michaelmas Term.

The LSESU Music Society will be having online elections for the following roles:

  • Head of Logistics: responsible for the maintenance, lending, and tracking of musical equipment, technology, and instruments owned by the society.
  • Head of Public Affairs: organise and manage the promotion of the society via our social media pages.
  • Head of Choir: represent the LSE Choir; maintain a close relationship with the choirmaster, and act as an intermediary between the choirmaster and choir members.
  • Head of Chamber Music: organise and manage chamber music events.
  • Head of Jazz: organise and manage jazz music events.
  • Head of World Music: organise and manage multi-cultural music events.
  • Head of Orchestra: represent the LSE Orchestra; maintain a close relationship with the conductor, and act as an intermediary between the conductor and orchestra members.
  • Head of Live Music: ensure the smooth functioning of live music events.

While the Choir and Orchestra won’t be running in Michaelmas Term, we still hope to elect heads for these groups to prepare for their return in the Lent Term. Students fulfilling these roles can help out with the weekly organisation and running of our Michaelmas Term events. If you’re interested in starting a new music group, we have a Google Forms where you can write down what instrument you play as well as what type of music and ensemble you want. These will have to be run remotely during Michaelmas term unless stated otherwise. Link: https://forms.gle/C81SUDmqo3zypm9q8

Elections open in October. We will notify you on our Facebook page when elections open.

Houghtones: https://www.facebook.com/thehoughtones

RogueNotes: https://www.facebook.com/LSERogueNotes/

LSESU Music Society: https://www.facebook.com/LSESUMusicSociety/

Does the LSESU Music Society have a WhatsApp group?
Yes! Link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/BxDLWlpE49dL0yF9FYIwGD
Where is the link to the LSESU Music Society Quiz on October 1st, 2020?
This will be posted on our social media platforms.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LSESUMusicSociety/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lsesu_musicsociety/

Do I need to buy the membership to apply for the Music Groups?
Yes.

You can purchase your membership here: https://www.lsesu.com/organisation/music

Is there any way to rent out/borrow instruments? What are the instruments available to rent?
We have plans to create a log of all equipment owned by the LSESU Music Society. Once this is done, members will be able to borrow instruments and equipment, provided they take care of it while in their possession and record it on our form.

More details will be released as we make progress, so please bear with us!

 

Music Practice Rooms (MPR)

Is there some kind of music room at LSE?
Yes! We have two Music Practice Rooms: one is located in Lincoln Chambers and the other one is behind the Shaw Library. Once you purchase membership of the LSESU Music Society, you can request booking rights to these rooms by emailing lse.roombookings@lse.ac.uk

NOTE: due to COVID-19, the Shaw Library has been converted into a teaching room, and the LSE has notified us that students will not be able to use the Shaw Library Music Practice Room during teaching hours. We are in discussions with LSE Room Bookings and the LSESU to see whether this can be changed. Moreover, this room is under renovation and might not be available until November. We will provide more updates on this in the next few weeks.

Will the Music Practice Rooms still be open?
While the Lincoln Chambers MPR will be open once the academic year begins at the LSE in the beginning of October, the Shaw Library MPR has is currently under renovation and might not be available until November. Moreover, due to COVID-19, the Shaw Library has been converted into a teaching room, and the LSE has notified us that students will not be able to use the Shaw Library Music Practice Room during teaching hours. We are in discussions with LSE Room Bookings and the LSESU to see whether this can be changed. 
When will be able to book the Music Practice Rooms using the Resource Booker?
Once the Music Practice Rooms are available to be used – beginning of October for the LCH MPR and November for the Shaw Library MPR -, emailing LSE Room Bookings will grant you access to the Resource Booker system. 
How many hours can we book the the Music Practice Rooms per day?
You can book the MPRs one hour slot per day, up to 2 weeks in advance.
How can we book the Music Practice Rooms?
You’ll have to purchase society membership first, then email LSE Room Bookings with your name and LSE ID number. They will grant access to your LSE ID card, which you can swipe and unlock the MPRs. They will also grant you access to the online Resource Booker, where you can book up to one hour of the MPRs on each day. You will need to book a slot and get an email confirmation in order to access the MPR.

Detailed instructions will be sent to you by LSE Room Bookings once they grant you MPR access.

Purchase membership here: https://www.lsesu.com/organisation/music 

Resource Booker: https://mybookings.lse.ac.uk 

LSE Room Bookings: lse.roombookings@lse.ac.uk 

What type of instruments are available to use in the Music Practice Rooms?
There are a variety of instruments between them: pianos, guitars, drum kits, and amps. We will be creating an inventory of equipment in the beginning of Michaelmas Term and sharing it on our social media!
How busy do the Music Practice Rooms get?
Historically the MPRs do get booked quite fully. You can book up to two weeks in advance. It is recommended that you book as early as possible to secure a practice slot.

NOTE: due to COVID-19, the Shaw Library has been converted into a teaching room, and the LSE has notified us that students will not be able to use the Shaw Library Music Practice Room during teaching hours. We are in discussions with LSE Room Bookings and the LSESU to see whether this can be changed. Moreover, this room is under renovation and might not be available until November. We will provide more updates on this in the next few weeks.

Given the above, the availability of MPRs has become more limited, and we expect demand to be even higher.

I play a fairly loud instrument and I’m staying in halls. Can I play in my room?
This depends on the rules in your hall. That being said, some halls do have music rooms, such as Bankside House. Whenever possible, play with practice mutes to minimise any disruption to your neighbours!

You are more than welcome to come and practice in our Music Practice Rooms located on the LSE campus!

 

Events

What events are you running next year?
In the Michaelmas Term, we plan to hold a variety of events, most of which will take place online. We have planned for:

  • [Online] A massive Music Quiz (which is also our ‘Give It A Go’ event): October 1st, 2PM-5PM UK time
  • [Online] A Black History Month speaker panel: October 21st, 6PM-7PM UK time
  • [Online] Wind Down Wednesday event streaming live performances: November 25th, 1PM-4PM UK time

We are also looking to hold a variety of collaboration events with other societies (careers, academic and special interest), and possibly socially-distanced karaoke or live music sessions too.

The Houghtones and the RogueNotes will both be making some exciting virtual choir covers, so keep your eyes and ears peeled to our social media pages!

Houghtones: https://www.facebook.com/thehoughtones

RogueNotes: https://www.facebook.com/LSERogueNotes/

LSESU Music Society: https://www.facebook.com/LSESUMusicSociety/

Are there some activities for piano playing?
You can of course practice the piano in the Music Practice Rooms.

You can also get involved in LSE Chill, the LSE’s free performance nights for students and staff as well as weekly lunchtime concerts. However, we are unsure whether these events will continue to run and their specific arrangements. 

For more information, please check https://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/arts-and-music/lse-chill/lse-chill and https://www.lse.ac.uk/Events/arts-and-music/music-at-lse/lunchtime-and-evening-concerts.

Please get in touch with LSE Arts at arts@lse.ac.uk or LSE Events at events@lse.ac.uk (both aren’t affiliated with the LSESU Music Society) should you have any specific questions.

 

Music Groups: Jazz

Do you have any jazz groups or bands?
This depends entirely on the interest of members. If there is enough interest among members to form a jazz group, then these members are more than welcome to go ahead and form the group themselves.

We will soon be creating a Google Form for members to fill in should they wish to form a music group (jazz, chamber music, etc).

Your academic department might have a band too! You may wish to get in touch with them.

Are jazz bands instrumental or do they include a singer?
This is entirely up to the members who form the jazz band.

 

Music Groups: LSE Orchestra

Will the LSE Orchestra run this academic year?
The LSE Orchestra will not be running in the Michaelmas Term. Later this year, we will decide whether there are conditions for it to run in Lent Term.
Does the LSE Orchestra require auditions?
Yes. There’s a short audition before rehearsals start for the conductor to see how you play, where you play one passage from a piece of your choosing and sight-read another one. It should take no more than 10 minutes!

 

Music Groups: LSE Choir

Will the Choir run this academic year?
The LSE Choir will not be running in the Michaelmas Term. Later this year, we will decide whether there are conditions for it to run in Lent Term.
Does the Choir require auditions?
No, it doesn’t!

 

Music Groups: A Capella

What are the differences between the two a cappella groups (Houghtones and RogueNotes)?
The easiest way to see the difference between our groups is to check out our past performances on Facebook!

Houghtones: https://www.facebook.com/thehoughtones/ 

RogueNotes: https://www.facebook.com/LSERogueNotes/ 

The RogueNotes typically lean more towards mainstream pop music, such as Lorde, Lizzo and Florence & The Machine, but we’ve also done songs from k-pop, West End musicals, and even anime openings! Songs as well as any choreography we do are all arranged by our own members, and we have a tradition of doing one “organic arrangement” per year, where we as a member gather together and all pitch in to work on one song. We’re also the younger group of the two if that helps!

Often mistaken for being the more ‘traditional’ acapella group, we The Houghtones actually love singing all kinds of songs! From ABBA, Disney, and Lady Gaga medleys, to movie/TV soundtracks (think Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, etc.!) and hidden R&B gems, we simply love exploring both new and old songs. 

How will the a cappella sessions be conducted for the Michaelmas Term?
For the RogueNotes, we will be focusing on doing virtual choir performances. We aim to complete 4 different songs for MT and release our recordings on our Facebook, Instagram and Youtube pages.

The Houghtones will also be doing virtual choir covers, with the aim of posting one cover per month on our social media pages. 

Regrettably, our rehearsals will all be virtual for the foreseeable future. Not to fret, though – we’ll try our best to make them as enjoyable as possible and make you feel like you’re a part of the acapella family!

Do the a cappella groups require auditions? Do you audition twice if you want to join both, one for each group?
Both a cappella groups require auditions. You will have to audition once for each respective group, and each of our audition’s requirements may be slightly different. 

Audition detail announcements will be out on 16th September for the RogueNotes, and on 19th September for the Houghtones. Remember to check our pages for more information! 

Is prior experience needed for the a cappella groups? For example, do we need to be able to sight read music?
No prior experience is needed for the a cappella groups! Of course, being able to sight read music will be helpful, but so long as you are able to learn your music in whatever way works best for you then you should be good to go.
When does the weekly practice take place for both a cappella groups?
In the past, weekly practices took place twice a week, 2 hours per session, with more sessions leading up to concerts and performances. However, for the upcoming Michaelmas Term, we expect there to be changes to this schedule, especially since rehearsals will be conducted online and not everyone will be in London. 

All members will be consulted on when they will be free to attend rehearsals so don’t worry too much about the possibility of missing classes! We try our best to work around everyone’s individual schedules when it comes to planning rehearsal dates and times.

 

Music Groups: Other

Is there a string quartet/trio/other chamber ensemble?
This depends entirely on the interest of members. If there is enough interest among members to form a chamber music group, then these members are more than welcome to go ahead and form the group themselves.

We will soon be creating a Google Form for members to fill in should they wish to form a music group (jazz, chamber music, etc).